Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is acupuncture?
A: Acupuncture is the a method of relieving pain or alleviating a health condition by inserting needles into a person’s skin at particular points on the body.

Q: Does acupuncture hurt?
A: Feelings of discomfort are usually mild. Patients may feel cramping, heaviness, distention, tingling, or electric sensation either around the needle or traveling up or down the affected channel, meridian, or energy pathway.

Q: Are acupuncture needles safe?
A: Single-use, sterile and disposable needles approved by the FDA are standard in modern acupuncture practices and required by law in the state of Nevada.

Q: How does acupuncture work?
A: Acupuncture encourages the body to use its own resources to encourage balance and healing. It’s all about flow. Acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of qi and Blood through distinct channels or pathways that traverse the body like the blood and lymph vessels and even nerve pathways. Acupuncture allows qi to flow to areas where it is needed and away from where there is stagnation.

Q: How long does each session take?
A: Normally sessions will last an hour. After a patient’s longer intake from the initial session, follow-up intakes will be 10-15 minutes, needling another 5 minutes, and then patients rest with the needles for 20-30 minutes, depending on the condition. An herbal, exercise and/or nutritional consultation completes most sessions.

Q: How many sessions do I need?
A: This will vary patient to patient. Considerations are whether your condition is chronic or acute, and the age and health of individual patients.

Q: How often should I have an acupuncture treatment?
A: In general, to establish momentum in a patient’s healing, at least three sessions within a 10-day period is recommended for most chronic conditions. Acute conditions may be alleviated within shorter duration.

Q: What problems can be treated by acupuncture? A: In an official report, the World Health Organization (WHO) has listed the following symptoms, diseases, and conditions that have been shown through controlled trials to be treated effectively by acupuncture:

  • low back pain
  • neck pain
  • sciatica
  • tennis elbow
  • knee pain
  • periarthritis of the shoulder
  • sprains
  • facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
  • headache
  • dental pain
  • tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • morning sickness
  • nausea and vomiting
  • postoperative pain
  • stroke
  • essential hypertension
  • primary hypotension
  • renal colic
  • leucopenia
  • adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy
  • allergic rhinitis, including hay fever
  • biliary colic
  • depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
  • acute bacillary dysentery
  • primary dysmenorrhea
  • acute epigastralgia
  • peptic ulcer
  • acute and chronic gastritis

Q: How deep do the needles go?
A: Generally, needles are inserted from 1/4 to 2 inches in depth depending on the nature of the problem, the location of the points selected, the patient’s size, age, and general health.

Q: Should I stop taking other medications?
A: No! Follow your current medical doctor’s instructions. Acupuncture is complementary to your medical doctor’s treatment plan and not intended to replace it.

Q: What is herbal medicine good for?
A: Herbal medicine treats the full range of human disease and addresses the human life cycle in ways that Western medicine does not. It treats acute problems, like stomach flu, common cold, and even traumatic injury, as well as chronic diseases, such as allergies, gynecological disorders, sleep disorders, and health problems due to deficiency, such as fatigue or issues relating to aging.

Q: How are herbal formulas taken?
A: Herbal pills and encapsulated powders are the most common and convenient form of taking medicinal herbs. Herbal formulas have few side effects and when taken as directed are safe and effective.

Q: What is cupping?
A: Oriental vacuum cups use negative pressure to pull gently on the body’s tissues, release tension and promote lymphatic drainage and are effective for a variety of cosmetic issues. Cupping can be done with fire, by the acupuncturist popping a flaming cotton ball into a glass cup, or with a handheld pump device, which I favor in my practice. This helps move stagnation and encourage flushing of areas where adhesions have inhibited flow.

Q: What is moxibustion?
A: Moxibustion is the application of heat to acupuncture points by burning the herb mugwort near affected areas. Moxibusion can be applied with a handheld moxa stick near the desired acupoint, or placed at the end of a needle. It is used to treat and prevent a variety of health conditions.

Q: What is Asian Bodywork Therapy?
A: Asian Bodywork Therapy differs from Swedish massage in that treatments are given through clothing, tend to be more energizing, and in the hands of a trained practitioner, diagnosis and treatment occur simultaneously.
Shiatsu: From Japan, tsubos – or acupressure points – are palpated along the meridians with thumbs, palms, and elbows.
Acupressure: In Jin Shin acupressure, points are held for a few seconds to several minutes to encourage qi to move. Acupressure with fingers and thumbs is also used in place of acupuncture needles in certain areas of the body, and has many of the same benefits. I commonly prescribe acupressure routines for patients to continue progress at home.
Tuina: Loosens up sinews and joints with range of motion, gliding, grasping, and percussive movements. Tuina is effective for sports injuries and injury prevention.

Q: This sounds amazing!! How do I schedule an appointment?
A: You may schedule online, phone or text (702) 204-1342.


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